I’m going to start this week off with another “Did You Know.”
Did you know the last time the Rams won three games in a row was all the way back in 2006? That year the Rams won three games to close out the season.
After four weeks of football, we’ve learned that the Rams can beat teams they aren’t necessarily supposed to beat, and they lose to teams they shouldn’t lose to.
In sports, that’s generally the case with young and inexperienced teams.
To start the second quarter of the season the Rams play at the winless Detroit Lions, and have a chance to get above .500 for the first time since Week 8 of the 2006 season.
The last time these two teams met (Week 8, 2009) the Rams won on the road 17-10.
Currently, the Rams are tied for the lead in the NFC West. They have an opportunity here to pounce on a defeated Lions team, who seemingly cannot catch a break.
After losing Week 1 to the Chicago Bears in devastating fashion, the Lions just haven’t been able to put it all together.
They lost franchise QB Matthew Stafford to a shoulder injury, and have suffered key injuries on defense. At times this season they’ve been down to the backups of backups at LB and CB.
The Lions are close to figuring it all out.
With Seattle on bye and Arizona playing a tough one against New Orleans, a Rams win will put them in sole possession of first place in the NFC West.
Not sure when that happened last? Slow down, the game is Sunday.
Let’s play, the Rams win if……..
1. Steven Jackson runs for at least 125 yards
Let’s be honest with ourselves for a minute here. A rookie QB cannot carry a team to victory every single week. Sam Bradford is the reason the Rams are winning games.
Sorry to say it, but that needs to change. And it must change this week.
Steven Jackson needs to run the ball down the Lions throats.
In Week 4 against Seattle, he racked up 125 total yards on 25 touches, all while playing with a groin injury.
Detroit’s defense is giving up an average of 134.5 yards a game on the ground, which ranks 25th in the league.
What did Jackson do the last time he faced the Lions?
22 carries/149 yards and one TD
If his stat line looks anything like this on Sunday, the Rams will lead the division heading into next week.
Let’s play, the Rams win if they……..
2. Can stop RB Jahvid Best
Unless you are a fan of the Detroit Lions or a fantasy football player, you probably don’t know too much about Jahvid Best.
Best is a rookie, drafted 30th overall in 2010.
What’s the most important thing you need to know about the Lions RB?
Best is second in the NFL in the yards after catch category.
He’s tied for the lead in rushing TD’s with four.
Other than Calvin Johnson, no other Lion has been targeted more.
Best will catch a lot of passes out of the backfield after pass protection breaks down. That’s where the explosion happens. His quick first step allows him to escape defenders at the line of scrimmage, thus breaking short passes for long gains.
St. Louis has played a “bend and don’t break” style of defense. Best will present problems for the Rams if they aren’t able to tackle him at the line.
Let’s play, the Rams win if they……..
3. Win the turnover battle
This will be short and sweet.
Detroit has thrown the most INT’s (seven) in the NFL. Detroit is second in the NFL in fumbles lost.
The Rams must force turnovers if they want to win.
**Fun Fact of the Day: The Lions have finished at or near the bottom of the league for the better part of a decade, and their last playoff appearance came way back in 1999. To put that in perspective, franchise QB Matthew Stafford was 11 the last time the Lions made the postseason.
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Written by Bear Heiser
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